Legacy Software No Longer Fuelling the Industry
The fuel industry is a growing beast; there are new developments and breakthroughs that not only affect the large enterprises such as Caltex, Shell, and BP, but the entire industry including distributors and independents.
One such development is Qantas’s latest feat of powering a plane on route from Sydney to Adelaide on a 50 – 50 mix of conventional fuel and refined cooking oil.
This type of development, if it became feasible, sustainable, and conventional is a breakthrough that would not only affect biofuel companies but all fuel distributors.
Distributors who are using older systems are already experiencing problems with integration of software. This is due to many software providers using systems developed 20 to 30 years ago. These systems are still functioning; however, they are under pressure to integrate with point of sale (POS) software and electronic banking.
Several fuel distributors such as Central State Fuels, Malpass, and McDonald Murphy Fuel Services have converted from older legacy systems to Ironbark Software to be able to make use of a fully integrated solution that allows incorporation of Microsoft products. Another driving factor in the decision to upgrade systems is the lack of support and development available for older systems.
The main benefits these fuel distributors have reaped from the change in their systems is the ability for their software to integrate with their POS systems and to take advantage of mobile computing technology through use of android tablets.
The Ironbark Fuel Distribution software allows truck drivers to update operations remotely. This means drivers can download manifests and transfer information pertaining to pick up and drop off times and statuses. The technology also allows for real time tracking of the con note and eliminates back office data entry of freight dockets for billing.
Ironbark Software also provides an abundance of support and most importantly are able to develop and upgrade systems to accommodate changes in the industry.